D3 playoff champions - essex rebels
D3 playoff champions - essex rebels

Essex Rebels II Win D3 Playoff Final

April 30, 2024
The Essex Rebels D3 Men win the D3 National Playoff Championship after beating Barnet Bulldogs 85-62.

The championship game, held in Manchester, saw the Rebels adding playoff success to an undefeated, 18-0, regular season.

DJ Wol earned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) honours with an outstanding performance of 23 points, nine rebounds, and three assists, shooting at an impressive 80% from the field. Reflecting on the team’s achievement, Wol expressed his gratitude to his teammates and coaches, underscoring the collective effort that propelled them to success.

He said: “Winning the D3 championship is a major achievement for the team, as this was a major goal that was set early at the start of the year.”

DJ wol earning Finals MVP honours

DJ, who is in his third-year studying sports therapy, added: “I am highly grateful for my teammates and coaches as this year, we have all put in a lot of workday in and day out to complete these goals.

“Winning the finals MVP is a great achievement for me, however, it could not have done it without my teammates who have played a major role to win in an important game like that.”

The incredible success was toasted by Rebels Head Coach Ryan Maiden.

He said: “Winning the D3 playoffs and completing an undefeated season is a huge achievement for everyone involved.

“I’ve coached some of the players since they were as young as 13 or 14 so to  win a senior title with them is incredible.

“For the club, this is exactly what we set out to do at the beginning of the season.

“We really hope that the success of this season will carry forward into next year and we can help to bring more silverware back to Colchester.”


Essex Rebels Team Huddle
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